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Sermon #5468

Life Abundant

A Sermon on John 10:10


John 10:10 ESV KJV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (ESV)

Sermon Description

What does the average person think of Christianity? In this sermon on John 10:10 titled “Life Abundant,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that a simple survey would reveal that people commonly believe Christianity is nothing more than a set of chains on one’s life. The average person views Christianity as a prison cell in which one is chained to laws and moral restrictions that steal their very life. This is unacceptable to the non-Christian who wants to experience life. This desperation to experience life leads to leaving the tranquility of the countryside for the life which the city offers. They do this not knowing that the city is a thief, it will offer pleasures that rob them of their life, and ultimately destroy the soul. Why does the average person think this way? Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones explains that they have a wrong view of life. Life is eternal. Thus, in John 10, Jesus proclaims that He came as the true shepherd to bring life and bring it abundantly to His sheep. It is a life that will be eternal and can be lived in glory with God and Christ forever through the forgiveness of sin that He provided on the cross.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. People have a false view of Christianity and the Christian life. They see it as negative, narrow and restrictive.
  2. Jesus says the exact opposite - he has come to give life and give it abundantly. This shows the wrong view people have of Christianity.
  3. The first reason for this error is that people don't understand the true nature of life and their own lives. They have a false view of what life is.
  4. Life is not just about having a "good time" and constant pleasure. Life is desperately serious with big decisions and consequences.
  5. Life is dangerous with spiritual forces trying to destroy us. Our eternal destiny is at stake in this life.
  6. The second reason for the error is that people are wrong about the life they think they have. What they call "life" is actually robbing, killing and destroying them.
  7. This life robs us of God, innocence, purity, honesty, truth, energy, health, peace, rest, happiness and ultimately the soul itself.
  8. This life kills our moral sense, conscience, refinement, sensitivity, sense of shame, desire for better things, hope and leaves us in cynicism.
  9. People are also wrong in their view of Jesus. They see him as just a moral teacher making demands, not as the one who came to give life.
  10. Jesus came from heaven to give his life as a ransom to give us eternal life which we cannot obtain ourselves.
  11. The final tragedy is that people are wrong about the abundance Jesus gives. They think Christianity is about giving things up, but it's about gaining life.
  12. The life Jesus gives expresses itself through our mind, heart and will. It gives us a new way of thinking, love, joy, peace, romance, thrill, energy and work to do.
  13. This life grows, develops and increases. It never ends, even in death, but continues for eternity. It's a foretaste of the glory to come.
  14. We must ask if we have this life that satisfies our mind, heart, will and soul and will be with us in death and beyond. If not, we face eternal destruction.
  15. We can have this life by coming to Jesus and asking him for it. He will give it to all who come to him.

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.